THE ARTS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by Jean Guiart. 461 pages. Golden Press. $25. This is Volume IV of the extraordinary "museum without walls" proposed by Andre Malraux and sponsored by the French government, which will eventually run to 40 volumes encompassing the whole of man's arts. Lavish in its illustrations, the present volume catches all the expressive, primitive power of Oceanic art while detailing its surprising variety and the age-old magic, mythic and ritualistic impulses that fostered it. A reader pondering its carved canoes and implements, its funerary and fertility figures and...

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